Emergency flood aid needed for Sri Lanka

(Photo: Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)La Niña is having a disruptive impact on the eastern coast of Australia and parts of South East Asia. Sadly, there has been another tragic turn of events in the world and this time it taking quite a toll in Sri Lanka.

Prior to the flooding, the government of Sri Lanka released a bit of caution from their meteorological department which warned of impending bad weather.

At least 37 people have been killed, 12 missing and over a million affected, as heavy rains lashed through Sri Lanka’s north, east and central regions, destroying farmland in the island’s rice bowl. The Indian government handed over one million dollars worth of relief supplies that included food, blankets, mattresses and water purification kits and tablets.

The photo pictured here is of an elephant which was washed up into a tree and killed during the flooding. It is a heart breaking photo, credited to Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa.

The good news is, the number of people in state-run relief camps fell from around 400,000 to about 360,000 today as flood waters receded and the weather improved across the country.